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HIVE

Opens Friday, November 5

DIRECTED BY BLERTA BASHOLLI

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SUNDANCE 2021 TRIPLE AWARD-WINNER!
Grand Jury Prize – Directing Award – Audience Award
World Cinema Competition

In a small Kosovan village, years after her husband went missing during wartime, Fahrije awaits corporeal evidence of his death. Without it, not only is she unable to mourn, but the hovering patriarchy deems it disrespectful, morally loose even, to move forward: to get a job, a driver’s license — or do anything to address her family’s poverty. Stoically determined, with inspiring pluck and humor, Fahrije openly drives around town and begins a business selling ajvar (roasted red pepper paste). Based on one woman’s true story, it’s also a universal tale of quiet, potent resistance. “Fahrije’s steely determination is beautifully conveyed by Yllka Gashi. An outstanding debut feature… that successfully immerses the viewer in an expertly told and moving tale.” – Screen International

2021     84 MINS.     KOSOVO / SWITZERLAND / MACEDONIA / ALBANIA
ZEITGEIST FILMS IN ASSOCIATION WITH KINO LORBER

Reviews

“Stirring, infuriating, and ultimately hopeful.”
– Alissa Wilkinson, VOX

“Yllka Gashi is powerfully, effectively steely as a woman who must take matters into her own hands,even when they are tied by society. Plenty of evocative moments. Gashi turns in an unglamorous performance as a broken-down woman who remains resilient. A shimmery dream sequence… opens up the movie to a brief glimpse of the sublime.” 
– Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire

“An engrossing, utterly classic tale of overcoming adversity. HIVE builds a strong storyline around the self-reliance and determination of an uneducated woman, played with glammed-down but riveting cool by a granite-faced Yllka Gashi. The film made a surprise awards sweep at Sundance,taking home the grand jury prize, audience award and directing award in the World Cinema Dramatic. Should launch (filmmaker) Basholli’s career with a bang.” 
– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Julien Painot’s fine score is sparingly used. There are moments, particularly in Gashi’s tenacious performance, that connect to a rawer emotional power.  Prompts us to realize that part of the tragedy of a generation’s menfolk being decimated by war is that society at large  loses the progress and enlightenment that the best of them would have promoted.” 
– Jessica Kiang, Variety

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